New at the Hirshhorn

The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image
Part I: Dreams

February 14, 2008 – May 11, 2008

This two-part exhibition features moving-image artworks by a range of influential and emerging international artists whose works use film language and technology to explore the ever-increasing impact of the cinematic on our perceptions and the ways in which the very boundaries between “real life” and make-believe have become at least blurred, if not indecipherable.

The first, Dreams, addresses film’s ability to transport us out of our everyday lives and into a dream world. Using a series of artists’ installations, the exhibition moves us through the different stages of consciousness and dreaming, from those moments between wakefulness and sleep to the darker recesses of the imagination and fantasy. Dreams is curated by chief curator Kerry Brougher and associate curator Kelly Gordon.

Generous support for The Cinema Effect is provided by The Broad Art Foundation and the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation with assistance from Marion Boulton Stroud, Lorie Peters Lauthier, the British Council, the Holenia Trust in memory of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, the Friends of Jim and Barbara Demetrion Endowment Fund, and the Hirshhorn’s Board of Trustees. In-kind support was provided by Sony Electronics Inc. The catalogue was made possible in part by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and Barbara and Aaron Levine.


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